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Subject: BOB question - book condition
Date Posted: 5/28/2011 8:29 PM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2007
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Hello, everyone...it has been a very long time since I have even checked the forum, much less posted.  Been busy reading and moderating some graphic-related Yahoo groups.  Anyway, my question....I am a Boxer and although I don't care for single book swaps, it is okay since I always find at least one book I like in the other person's bookshelf.  Here is what happened in my last trade, I requested two books (she had requested two from me, obviously), both of which are very old (1984).  I don't expect paperbacks, regardless of age, to be pristine but gently used and loved. :)  One book is fine, a very small amount of wear on the cover but the other is not a book I would have even put into the system, much less swapped.  Both the front and back covers are bent, creased and torn.  I am putting it my give-away bag (to charity).  What do I do about books I receive via a BOB swap that aren't in good shape?  Honestly, I don't expect them to be brand-new looking especially when they are 2 decades old but this was beyond that.  Any suggestions? 

Date Posted: 5/28/2011 8:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I'm not a boxer anymore.  But when I was, one time  I got a book in really bad condition. And I'm not  a picky person.  This was had dead bugs smashed inside and I threw it away, after screaming like a little girl.  I PM'd her very politely before I marked it received.  I explained the problem and she offered me another book.  I had decided that I would base my feedback on how she resolved (or didn't resolve) the situation.  Since she sent a book to replace it (she confessed to not having checked the books before mailing them), I gave her good feedback, noting that she was quick to replace a damged book.

Date Posted: 5/28/2011 8:58 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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bends and creases on book covers are postable. Tears or rips are also allowed as long as they are not longer than 1 inch. So, depending on how much is ripped, the book may be postable.